German Village neighborhood just south of downtown Columbus. One of the largest preserved neighborhoods in the country.
We enjoyed fantastic cocktails and wood fired pizzas at Curio and neighboring Harvest Pizzeria.
The West Virginia state capitol in Charleston bears a striking resemblance to Les Invalides in Paris.
New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, West Virginia. Longest steel span in the western hemisphere.
We contacted the Bridge Walk company (bridgewalk.com) to give us a tour of the underside of the bridge. Our guide did a great job of explaining bridge engineering, wildlife and local history of the New River Gorge National River.
The catwalk soars 851 feet (260m) above the valley floor.
We received a warm Southern welcome at 200 South Street Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, is full of historic artifacts and clever inventions.
Vegetable gardens at Monticello.
A great lunch stop in Charlottesville was The Whiskey Jar, where we had awesome sandwiches and mint juleps.
We’re losing track of how many times we’ve crossed paths with the Lewis and Clark expedition. Lewis’ birthplace is just outside Charlottesville and he spent a lot of time preparing for the journey in Harpers Ferry, WV.
Dark Hollow Falls in Shenandoah National Park.
On top of the highest peak in Shenandoah, Hawksbill Mountain, elevation 4,050 feet.
The view from Stony Man Mountain in Shenandoah. From a viewpoint on Skyline Drive, this peak resembles a bearded man looking up to the sky.
Sunset from the dining room at Skyland Resort.
John Brown’s Fort in Harpers Ferry, WV was the site of a brief skirmish that is seen as a precursor to the the Civil War that broke out two years later.
Thomas Jefferson stood here and declared the view “worth a voyage across the Atlantic” in 1783.
The Appalachian Trail passes through Harpers Ferry and is the home of the trail’s headquarters.
Replica of an iron boat frame Meriwether Lewis designed in Harpers Ferry. Unfortunately it failed and sank in the Missouri River in present day Montana.
One of our favorite lodgings ever, Laurel Lodge.
A three mile round-trip hike leads to this overlook of Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers.
Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, site of the deadliest single-day battle during the Civil War.
We arrived in DC just in time to see the capitol before scaffolding obscures the dome during a two-year restoration.
Looking down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Old Post Office Tower.
Top of the World Trade Center’s antenna on display at the Newseum, a history museum focusing on the role of journalists and news media.
Interior of Ford’s Theater, site of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
We found Washington’s Capital Bikeshare system perfect for covering the distance between monuments and museums on the National Mall.
Lincoln Memorial interior.
You can get pretty close to the White House, but few get approval to tour the interior. Contact your congressional representatives for a chance.
World War II memorial.
View of the Jefferson Memorial from across the tidal basin. The famous cherry blossoms had just passed their prime.
The Washington Monument just had the scaffolding removed after repairs were required due to the August 2011 earthquake.
Touring the District by night.
From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Just a short drive from Washington are the Great Falls of the Potomac.
Gettysburg National Battlefield in Pennsylvania preserves a site that proved to be a turning point in the Civil War.